UVic engineering students put ingenuity on display

Teams of soon-to-graduate University of Victoria engineering students, 156 in all, put their ingenuity up for display on Thursday at the university’s annual capstone showcase. A total of 43 projects, completed by teams of UVic students, were on show — each one a mandatory assignment necessary for graduation.

Students responded with items such as ignition-lock devices that make a vehicle impossible to drive while using a mobile phone, and computerized hydroponic grow booths.

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The engineers-in-training were free to choose their own ideas. But they worked with a university adviser to help keep the design process on track. They were also encouraged to work across specialty boundaries. Software engineers teamed up with electrical engineers, for example.

And this year, they were encouraged to reach out to students in the business faculty to include an entrepreneurial element to their projects, such as defining a market.

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